Using Factor Analysis to Build Better Portfolios

Identifying a portfolio’s risk factors – the underlying investment exposures that drive returns – is a critical step in the asset allocation process.

Short Is the New Long: Managing Risk and Diversification

Portfolio Manager Kathryn Kaminski on how trend-following strategies can help manage risk and diversification by going long and short on various assets.

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From the Summit: Countering Cybercrime – How Companies Must Adapt to Win

Two cybersecurity experts offer safety tips and answer questions about breaches, artificial intelligence, hacking, insider threats and data protection.

  • May 21, 2019
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Cybersecurity Update: Lawmakers and the Tech Sector Address Data Privacy

In light of major cybersecurity breaches, the issue of data privacy has Washington’s attention and new regulations are being discussed.

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From the Summit: The Disruptors

Biomedical and thermodynamic innovators give first-hand accounts of how they disrupted and transformed their industries and what the future may hold.

  • April 22, 2019
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Alpha Thesis of Loomis Growth Equity

Aziz Hamzaogullari, CIO of Growth Equity Strategies at Loomis, Sayles & Company, explains the deeply held beliefs behind his high-conviction, concentrated approach to risk-adjusted excess returns.

Matchmaking in Portfolio Construction: What Do Investors Really Want?

Instead of staying invested, many investors opt for strategy speed dating. Is there a better way?

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Options Strategies 101

Mike Buckius of Gateway Investment Advisers discusses the basics of options-based investment strategies.

  • April 1, 2019
Minimum Volatility ETFs: A Best Kept Investment Secret for 2019?

Investors interested in strategies designed to withstand volatile and declining equity markets may want to consider minimum volatility exchange-traded funds.

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Taking Measure of Global Markets: Risks, China, and Europe

Senior Investment Strategist Esty Dwek on recession risk, trade challenges, political tensions, and emerging market growth.

Beta Opportunities: The Evolution of Risk Analysis in Alternative Strategies

A look at how funds that rely on hedge fund beta have the potential to provide an additional source of return and portfolio diversification.

How Market Size Matters in Trend Following Futures Strategies

The author examines the importance of market size in trend following strategies and highlights the significance of the size factor across managers in 2018.

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From the Summit: Is China Ready to Lead?

Although China’s economy holds great promise for investors, it remains to be seen whether it can lead on trade, human rights and climate change issues.

  • February 22, 2019
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What Could Go Wrong? Measuring 7 Top Market Risks

Understanding what markets may or may not be prepared for can help investors to navigate conflicting signals and frenzied headlines.

Green Bonds and the Future of Business: Managing Tomorrow's Risk Potential

Investors can manage risk by considering companies that are responding to the moral imperative – and possible economic consequences – of a warming world.

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From the Summit: The New Geopolitical World Order

The former president of Colombia discusses the complex state of international relations and its future impact on trade, finance, security, and human rights.

  • January 24, 2019
Alternative Allocations Tailored to Specific Investment Objectives

Overview of alternative investment solutions designed for alpha differentiation, volatility management, downside mitigation, and interest rate mitigation.

  • January 23, 2019
Preparing for All Markets: How a Building Block Approach Can Help

Different methods of portfolio construction are available to investors looking to manage risk and maintain diversification.

Reality Check: Why 2019 Could Bring Slower Growth and Higher Volatility

Trade tensions and rising rates are two reasons investors may want to try to guard their portfolios from day-to-day market gyrations in the year ahead.

Addressing the Funding Gap in Public Pension Plans

Analysis of factors contributing to projected pension shortfalls and strategies for addressing the problem while lowering overall portfolio risk.

A Framework for Optimizing Multiple Wealth Management Goals

The author presents a framework and case study for optimizing multiple investment goals based on their order of importance to an investor.

  • January 7, 2019
Building a Suite of Model Portfolios for Clients

Explore the pros and cons of four distinct methods of model portfolio construction: customized, optimized, straight line, and straight line thematic.

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From the Summit: Shaping the Future of Active Management

Renowned portfolio managers discuss how active managers can differentiate themselves from passive competitors – and how they can meet clients’ new demands.

  • December 21, 2018
Dynamic Strategy Migration and the Evolution of Risk Premia

AlphaSimplex Portfolio Manager David Kuenzi presents a model for risk premia strategies, with a focus on adaptive approaches to markets.

Searching for Late Cycle Yield Advantage

Loomis Sayles Portfolio Manager Matt Eagan provides a 2019 outlook and his thoughts on where investors may find fixed income opportunities in the months ahead.

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Retirement Reform in the US: What’s Next?

Everyone wants to improve the ability of Americans to save for retirement – but the work of reform is challenging. Paul Richmond of the Insured Retirement Institute provides an update.

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Poise Under Pressure: David Herro Decodes Stock Market Unrest

Stock market turbulence may not reflect business fundamentals and could represent value opportunities for active managers.

Asset Allocator’s Guide to Equity Beta-Reducing Strategies

Equity substitutes, equity complements, and equity diversifiers. All of these strategies may play a role in risk mitigation, but they do so in different ways.

Three Strikes and You’re Out: Investors at Bat Against Volatility

The 2018 Global Survey of Financial Professionals revealed advisors are confident about their own ability to handle market factors for themselves and for their clients, but are concerned about investors making three key mistakes.

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US Asset Allocation Trends – Summer 2018

The synchronized global equity rally may be winding down, and moderate model portfolios were lucky to eke out modest gains in the first half of 2018.

  • October 17, 2018
Sustainable Investing: Looking Beyond ESG

The mindful use of resources, thoughtfulness about social footprints, and good corporate governance have become mainstream angles to consider in today’s investment world.

Managing Investors’ Emotions with the Help of Minimum Volatility Strategies

Minimum volatility strategies have the potential to reduce the negative effects of market movements on portfolios.

What Big Media Merger Mania and Digital Disruptors Mean for US Equity Investing

Seismic shifts in media and advertising, stock ideas, and risks associated with disruptions are analyzed by a Vaughan Nelson senior portfolio manager.

Strategies for Protecting Portfolios from Market Volatility

Low/minimum volatility strategies are designed to perform over the long term, protecting portfolios from unexpected downturn.

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Finding Value in the Global Credit Cycle

Credit selection, market views, and value opportunities are discussed with a PM from Loomis Sayles’ Global Bond Team.

  • July 30, 2018
Protecting Portfolios: An Active Management Approach to Markets

An active management approach may help manage portfolio risk and uncover opportunities in the current market environment.

Top Concerns for Professional Fund Buyers in 2018

With the return of market volatility, professional fund buyers reveal their top concerns–and how they plan to meet their goals despite them.

  • June 15, 2018
Financial Professional Survey: Advice from Both Sides of the Brain

How financial professionals plan to navigate market volatility in 2018 by giving advice from both sides of the brain.

  • May 25, 2018
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Institutional Investor Survey: Preparing for a Market Shift

Three ways institutional investors are preparing for a market shift – and how they plan to balance risk management with investment return.

  • February 22, 2018
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The Risk Management Challenge: Investors in Search of Clarity

Financial professionals play a key role in helping investors manage risk and reach financial goals in all market conditions.

  • October 13, 2017